Giant White Pine Grove State Natural Area
One of the best examples of mature, northern mesic forest in northeastern Wisconsin. Located in the Forest Service’s Headwaters Wilderness Area, the forest canopy of this 30-acre site contains large hemlock, sugar maple, yellow birch, and basswood. Huge white pines, some more than 3’ in diameter, tower above the forest.
Directions: From Three Lakes travel east 4.7 miles on Hwy 32; then 0.6 mile east on Julia Lake Road; then south and east 3.1 miles on Scott Lake Road (FR 2183); then northeast 1.6 miles on Giant Pine Road (FR2414) to a parking area west of the road. A hiking trail loops around a wetland and through the site.
Gazetteer: Page 89, B-8 (prior to 10th edition). | Page 37, C-7 (10th edition).
Phone: 608/266-7012 (Wisconsin DNR).
Signature species: Blackburnian and Black-throated Blue Warblers, Pileated Woodpeckers.
Rarities: Winter Wren, Evening Grosbeak, porcupine, snowshoe hare, black bear and bobcat.
Seasonality: Best in spring, summer and fall.
Nearest food & lodging: Three Lakes, 12 miles west.